Claudius: Boy of Ancient Rome (Latin Dialogue)
A dramatization of a Roman boy's friendship with a slave in his father's household. Depicts, through the young boys' experiences and activities, the way of life and customs of ancient Rome. Some dialogue in Latin.
Run time 16 minutes 7 secondsProducer William DeneenProduction Company Encyclopaedia Britannica FilmsSponsor Matt HeftlerAudio/Visual sound, colorLanguage Latin
This film was one of three made by Encyclopaedia Britannica Films' Bill Deneen utilizing the sets from Samuel Bronston's epic 'The Fall of the Roman Empire.' This 'Claudius' was actually one of two released concurrently by EB, one with and one without dialogue in Latin, and is exceedingly rare.
March 15, 2017
Some good info on life in Ancient Rome, but brief
This is a story of a young slave and his equally young "master." His father actually owns the slave. The film starts to look at the relationship between two such Romans, which is a topic confusing to those of us more familiar with America's version of slavery. But then it ends too soon. I'm no less confused now. I wanted to know more. I wanted a fuller picture of the experiences and outlooks of these young Romans. Still, some interesting factoids. I liked the Latin dialog. Too bad the actors were just dubbed, and didn't speak the Latin lines.